“To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds…In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.” Daniel 1: 17, 20
Can you live boldly in faith while respecting a culture and society that want nothing to do with God? Daniel went from being a Hebrew captive to an influential advisor to kings in both the Babylonian (modern-day Iraq) and later Persian (modern-day Iran) empires. God used the life of Daniel to demonstrate how we too can live a life of influence and faith, even when worldviews clash (Daniel chapter 1).
- Focus on pleasing God more than man. No matter what, Daniel wasn’t going to compromise his faith and disregard God’s instructions on how to live. Yet, at the same time, he showed tremendous respect to those in authority. As a result, Daniel gained their respect in return.
- Respect is earned by being faithful in the day-to-day. Even though Daniel’s beliefs and values were different from those in authority, Daniel earned their respect because of his consistent work ethic, his trustworthiness, and his results.
- Gentleness is STRENGTH under control. Too often, gentleness is seen as a weakness when in fact, it requires tremendous strength to remain humble and respectful when confronted with a leader’s opposing world view.
How can Christ-followers live a faithful life in a world that is walking further away from Biblical beliefs and values? Live like Daniel – a young man who earned incredible influence through a faith lived out in humility.